What’s better than a lazy weekend brunch in the comfort of your own home? One of the things that I am trying to be super mindful of at the moment is to be content with doing simple things. Budgets are super tight at the moment and every cent we can save is super important.
Here are some of the ways we like to save money:
- The Entertainer
We use this app about once a month to have a nice date night or a meal out as a family. You pay an annual subscription fee (I think I paid R299 for an early bird special at the end of last year) and this gives you access to tonnes of great restaurants in Jozi & PTA, for 2 for 1 main meals. WHAT A DEAL!
- Buy Fresh Produce from a wholesaler
Each week I make a trip to the Randburg Wholesale Market in the Carriera Centre to buy all our fresh produce – I see what they have in stock and then plan meals around what I can find and what is the cheapest. I usually spend ±R150-R200 and it lasts us the entire week. I have noticed that each item I buy is atleast R5 or up to R20 cheaper than the supermarket chains. That’s a massive saving!
There’s something so satisfying about creating a delicious meal from scratch, at home! I love making fresh pasta, dim sum etc. I usually have these elaborate plans that take hours, but it’s totally worth it! Which leads me to the purpose of this post…
This particular Saturday I was craving Eggs Benedict… It’s a stunning treat breakfast that fetches R80, if not more at your local breakfast spot, so I decided to give it a try. I have tried to make Hollandaise sauce once before and it was a massive fail, so I decided to scour the internet for an easy recipe and I managed to find one from a South African blog, “My Easy Cooking” – you can get the recipe here. It’s SUPER easy and it only requires a stick blender, so no double boilers and difficult methods.
I also poached the eggs using a very simple method – simply bring the water to the boil, turn the heat down so that there are no rapid bubbles. Crack your egg into a little bowl and slide it into the water and leave it for 3 minutes – no need to swirl the water to create a vortex or anything complicated… they are divine! Just make sure your eggs are fresh.
I served them on toasted (Woolies) English Muffins with some crispy bacon and VOILA a delicious, home cooked brunch that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
I also got to snap a few pics of my little loves as they waited patiently for Mom to be done in the kitchen…
I hope this is some weekend breakfast inspiration right here!